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Washington State Riders - Looking for advice on good places to ride...

I'm coming up there for 4 days in September and renting a bike to ride with my buddy so I'm looking for some good twisties to go have fun in.

I'll be in the Napavine/Chehalis area which is a few hours south of Seattle but I don't mind riding a ways to get to some good roads.

Would appreciate any advice you all might have.
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I'm coming up there for 4 days in September and renting a bike to ride with my buddy so I'm looking for some good twisties to go have fun in.

I'll be in the Napavine/Chehalis area which is a few hours south of Seattle but I don't mind riding a ways to get to some good roads.

Would appreciate any advice you all might have.
Chehalis is in the middle of mountains.... go East, or West. Can't go wrong.

From there, you are ideally suited to visit either Mt. St. Helens (south), or Mt. Rainier (Northeast). The mountains between there and the Pacific coast are spectacular riding.

Were it me, I would plan a bunch of day trips, looping out and around, maybe a few hundred miles a day. That would be a most memorable trip....
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The back side of St. Helens is unreal. I live quite a ways north of there so I've got the North Cascades and Highway 20 which on a weekday is amazing. If you can hit the coast up too it's well worth it in the summer.

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Chehalis is in the middle of mountains.... go East, or West. Can't go wrong.

From there, you are ideally suited to visit either Mt. St. Helens (south), or Mt. Rainier (Northeast). The mountains between there and the Pacific coast are spectacular riding.

Were it me, I would plan a bunch of day trips, looping out and around, maybe a few hundred miles a day. That would be a most memorable trip....
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The back side of St. Helens is unreal. I live quite a ways north of there so I've got the North Cascades and Highway 20 which on a weekday is amazing. If you can hit the coast up too it's well worth it in the summer.
Thanks, folks. That St. Helens ride sounds pretty awesome. I've lived in Washington twice and never been there.
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Bumping this. I just got out of the Army and moved to Lakeland Hills WA, 20 minutes south of Seattle. I am from southern New Hampshire so I am a long way from home haha Any one around this area know some good roads and or feel like riding?
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I'll offer some of my faves from the Evergreen state: SR 504 up the W side of My St Helens; go E out SR14 to Carson, WA then head N up Wind River Dr, a.k.a. FS30/51/25 along the backside of St Helens to Randle, WA@ US12.

Going further E out 14 to Lyle, WA head N/NE up SR142. Roughly 35 miles up the road you'll come up out of a fabulous twisties & up to some benchlands whereby you can head E to US 97@Goldendale, WA. Or you hang a left double backing to the W/NW and loop back to 14 via Glenwood/Trout Lake Rd in the shadows of Mt Adams. An additional route from Goldendale is to continue E/NE on the Bickleton Rd to Manton, WA.

US97 between the Columbia R & Toppenish thru the Yakama Rez is fun on a weekday.

US12 from Randle, WA to Naches, WA is nice; you can then loop back via SR410 heading W/NW to Mt Ranier Nat'l Pk at which point head S/SW via SR123/706. Or you continue on 410 back to I5.

US97 over Blewett Pass is a blast, you can then hook up with US2 heading W and come out N of Seattle.

SR20 is the thing of legends. Going thru North Cascades Nat'l Pk and coming to Omak, WA in the Okanogan Valley. Follow this up into BC, CND then loop W via Hwy 3, aka then Crows nest Hwy, to TC1 & back to Vancouver, BC. BTW, taking Hwy3 E is biking nirvana all the way to AB. That is a several day trip, tho'.

Staying on Hwy 20 past Tonasket, WA all the way to ID boundary is, legendary. Any number of local roads heading N of Hwy 20 to the BC boundary are all lovely m/c roads. There are a number of FS/county roads that spiderweb forming interconnected possibilities. Note: this is mountainous country, sparsely populated, keep an eye on fuel levels. As elsewhere when travelling on an Indian Rez you are under tribal police and tribal laws that are handled only by tribal courts, if you need more cautionary advice consider yourself a candidate for the Darwin Awards.

Hwy 101 in WA state is OK. A distant 3rd to OR & CA. Looping around Olympic Nat'l Park is pretty, don't ever ponder it on a weekend. The ride up Hurricane Ridge roads is fabulous IF the weather is clean & dry. Otherwise don't consider it.

Quite frankly the WA roads W of I5 are not overly technical. Hwy 4 W of Kelso is the best of the lot, going N of the Columbia R.

There is a short route between Yakima, WA & Ellensburg, WA, SR821, that follows the Yakima R Valley... it's flyfishing country.

Whidbey Island in the Pueget Sound is pretty. But maintain acceptable speeds in/around towns. Others include the San Juan islands of Orcas Is., Lopez Is., & San Juan Is. are very pretty, but not much room to stretch throttle cables for any length of time. Again, small islands with lots of tourists. But stunning views if the weather is nice. This also segues to going to Victoria, BC & the rest of Vancouver Island - stunning roads and luscious scenery.

A note of caution: WA state LEO's do not issue warnings - or at least rarely. If you see blue lights you got yourself a ticket. WA LEOs will in fact stage speed traps in rural areas. Thus, choose well where/when you engage in supralegalspeeds.
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